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For Release: Friday, June 3, 2016

DEC Alerts Tubers, Kayakers and Anglers to High Flows in the Esopus Creek

Higher Flows Will Facilitate Better Recreational Opportunities on the Creek, DEC Urges Users to Exercise Caution and Care While Enjoying the Creek

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) will be conducting a DEC approved enhanced release of water to the upper Esopus Creek from the Schoharie Reservoir through the tunnel portal in Shandaken this weekend to provide additional flows for recreational activities on the creek, including tubing and kayaking.

The additional flow will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday (6/3) and will continue through Sunday (6/5) afternoon.

DEC reminds everyone to have fun and enjoy the creek but as always be careful, wear your personal floatation devices (PFDs) and take advantage of the numerous private guides and vendors that offer recreational boating and tubing services on the Esopus Creek.

DEC's Allaben fishing access site will be open for fishing but be advised that this is not a suitable location for launching tubes or kayaks and boaters should find an appropriate location downstream to launch. Anglers and other creek users should be cautious due to the high flows, and obey all appropriate signs and restrictions.

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